Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and by Scott Brown

By Scott Brown

The intense own trip of a guy who, opposed to all odds, rose to develop into certainly one of America’s such a lot dazzling and promising new political figures Scott Brown's maximum win didn't happen on a chilly January election evening in 2010 whilst he got here from in the back of to trap the U.S. Senate seat held by means of Ted Kennedy for almost fifty years. it all started whilst he survived a savage beating on the drunken, dirty-fingernail palms of a stepfather whilst he was once slightly six years outdated, whereas attempting to defend his mom. during this gripping memoir of resilience and redemption, Brown tells the tale of his tough, frequently nomadic early life, shunted from apartment to condo, and city to city, seventeen instances over his first eighteen years. He someway thrived regardless of a mostly absent father, who married 4 separate instances. So did his mom, in relationships often stained with alcohol, anger, or even violence. for almost twenty years' growing to be up, Brown continued innumerable hardships and demanding situations, even stealing foodstuff to devour. He used to be periodically despatched off to dwell with kinfolk, his possessions wrapped in a couple of outdated blankets. kept by means of basketball, he used to be the boy who shoveled snow from the general public courts to shoot hoops on my own within the frozen chilly. With clear-eyed conviction and unflinching can-dor, Brown tells the tale of his personal bad-boy days, of the coaches who mentored him, and of ways he stumbled on a fashion out of familial chaos during the graceful of a ball within the web, profitable a beginning slot at the Tufts varsity basketball staff as a freshman participant and changing into the tenth-highest scorer to graduate within the school's heritage. His upward push from there has been much more unbelievable: a first-year legislations scholar and member of the Massachusetts nationwide safeguard, he used to be picked as Cosmopolitan magazine's "America's Sexiest guy" and was once vaulted into the glamorous international of recent York modeling on the peak of the Nineteen Eighties. however the guy who was ushered into the backrooms of Studio fifty four lower back to Massachusetts to proceed together with his army and criminal education, calm down, bring up a relatives, and shortly discovered an not likely direction that might lead him to nationwide political stardom. the following, too, are the secrets and techniques from the unheard of Senate race that captured the country's mind's eye and the way Scott Brown gained his awesome victory. Poignant, heartfelt, funny, and profound, this is often the tale of 1 man's dream and his selection to struggle for a greater destiny.

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Or she might hassle me about dirty clothes or a messy room, and I would match her word for word. Whatever she threw in my face, I lobbed right back. It was the dance we did, with the television droning in the background. She came home tired in a used car to an apartment where there never seemed to be enough cash; she was thirty-four, and in fourteen years had married and divorced three husbands. Some nights she was itching for a fight, but others she was too tired to notice if I’d eaten or done my homework.

Other drivers might glance over, but they rarely glanced twice. I was like any other kid out with a parent’s car on a Saturday night. I was always very conscious of following the rules of the road. In retrospect, I was also just plain lucky. I taught myself to drive in my mom’s Chevy Impala, a bright white car with red vinyl seats and four doors, wide and roomy so everyone could pile in. If I knew she was going to be gone from three until eleven, hitching a ride with her friend, I would take the car out from five to eight, with two or three of my friends in the backseat.

My parents met in the summer of 1957 and married six months later, and in the Air Force, my father was an airman first class, an E-3 enlisted man. I did know that he flew airplanes, although not in the Air Force, and I never went up in any with him. The few times we were going to fly, we would get ready and then something would happen. The closest I got was when he used to drive over to the nearby airfield and plunk me down with my little half siblings to watch the twin-engine planes do takeoffs and landings.

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